From the Desk of Craig DiSesa, President, The Middle Resolution
Why Do Conservatives Do That?
Dear Friends and Supporters of The Middle Resolution,
A sense of relief washed over me on election day when Ed Gillespie emerged the victor from a very close race. But when I heard Corey Stewart’s concession speech, I thought, “Here we go again!” As is always the case with Virginia Republican politics we are never without drama. Many have asked me, “Why can’t Republicans come together to win an election?”, followed up by, “Why do we always battle from within?”
The simple answer is conservatives, in general, tend to be much more independent than liberals. We have very strong core beliefs and principles that we feel are worth fighting for. On the other hand, progressives in this country are incapable of having strong core principals because that would require believing in moral absolutes. This lack of core principles makes it much easier for them to compromise and coalesce after a difficult battle in a primary.
However, we also believe once a primary is over, conservatives must all come together to win in November. Anyone who holds out because they think Ed Gillespie isn’t the perfect candidate is only allowing our opponents to win. We can assure you that Ralph Northam will not vote for the policies we need to advance economic freedom and opportunity for everyone. And I mean everyone: those in rural communities and suburbs as well as those in the inner-city. Northam will continue down the path of voting for legislation that supports massive government (we are beyond big government at this point). Northam’s voting history demonstrates he is unwilling to help low income and special needs children but is willing to protect the education bureaucracy’s power and money at their expense.
We respect everyone and their right to vote or not to vote but we encourage all conservatives to seriously consider their responsibilities as citizens in Virginia. We are all called to defend the very liberties so many have died for over the centuries. Staying home on election day is an abdication of this responsibility.In our view, abstaining from voting in November allows the progressives to win!!!
Along with our support for Ed Gillespie, Jill Vogel and John Adams, you have our commitment that, when Ed Gillespie wins, the Middle Resolution will work closely with Gillespie and his administration to help them stay focused on the very principles he promised to support during his campaign.
The Middle Resolution
Turning Virginia Red
Dear Friends and Supporters of The Middle Resolution,
I wanted to write to you today to thank you for being on the front lines of political change here in the Commonwealth. Together, we are turning Virginia RED and restoring the governance of Constitutional principles.
I would like to bring a bill to your attention that was recently signed by Governor McAuliffe. According to a press release put out by Delegate Steve Landes:
Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, announced today that Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed into law House Bill 2053, which allows for the establishment of direct primary care agreements between doctors and their patients. The bill will become law effective July 1, 2017.
“I commend Governor McAuliffe for approving House Bill 2053. Allowing individuals to enter into direct primary care agreements with their doctors will establish a new, innovative healthcare delivery model between patients and doctors…”
I am personally very pleased to see this law enacted. The Middle Resolution brought this concept to Virginia in 2016, and with Nicole Riley's leadership as State Director of National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), we were able to advance free market healthcare reforms. It is my hope that this is only the first in what will be a restoration of free market health care options for Virginians, and that is why I also want to ask for your help.
I am constantly humbled by the generosity and commitment of our friends and supporters. I know we can count on you - just as you have come to trust and rely on us. So I am once again asking for your support and generosity. With reforms such as this being passed and doors opening for greater gains in Richmond (not to mention, a statewide general election approaching in November), we are more than busy! We need your support.
Your recurring contribution of $20.17 a month will ensure that we have the funds and resources necessary to continue to advance reform, freedom, and constitutional governance in the Commonwealth. Your donation is what makes everything we do possible. Whether we are lobbying, educating voters, or campaigning, we can’t do it without you.
We have a chance to make Virginia go RED this November and we don’t want to miss it.
The Middle Resolution
From the Desk of Craig DiSesa:
Over the past eight years The Middle Resolution has experienced unparalleled success in Virginia politics. With your loyal support, The Middle Resolution has been able to send a clear message to legislators that we will not bend in our resolute defense of our principles: limited government, economic freedom and equal opportunity for everyone.
Our strategy of influencing campaigns to elect constitutionally conservative candidates and drive legislation that aligns with our principles uniquely places us in a position of significant stature in the Commonwealth. This has allowed us to continually develop relationships both inside the legislature and outside the legislature, which in turn amplifies our influence.
Several months ago the Executive Committee began to discuss the future of The Middle Resolution. As with all non-profits, we have experienced stages of vision, growth and maturity. We have reached an inflection point where it is important that we decide if we are going to expand our impact in Virginia or continue on our present path. It didn’t take long for us to decide that our success has occurred for a reason and to ignore that would be a violation of the very vision our Founders had some 240 years ago.
We unanimously decided to grow The Middle Resolution into the premier political organization in Virginia: We are committed to ensuring that when a donor contributes to our vision, they feel absolutely confident that their resources will achieve the desired results.
Since making that decision, we have been working diligently to develop a strategic long-term plan for The Middle Resolution’s future success. As part of that, we have included a succession plan for leadership. The first decision in this succession was to formalize the position of President. Soon after that decision was made several members of the board encouraged me to consider transitioning into this position. After quite a bit of consultation from colleagues, prayer and encouragement from my family, I accepted.
Integrated into our long-term planning is a strategy for helping the Republican nominees for statewide office win in 2017. This strategy includes:
Endorsing candidates in the primaries.
Focus on influencing voters to support candidates who commit to passing education choice.
Improve voter list maintenance to ensure voter integrity.
Prepare the battlefield for advancing education choice in the 2018 General Assembly.
I am absolutely convinced that we are distinctively positioned to move to the next level of influence. I invite you to join us on this incredible journey and ask that you support our efforts with your prayers and resources.
I am both honored and humbled by the trust The Middle Resolution’s executive committee and the board has placed in me. My promise to you is that I will execute my duties with the utmost integrity and serve you in a manner that makes you proud to call yourself a member of The Middle Resolution.
With sincere gratitude,